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July Container Traffic from Piraeus Down by 4.4%

Outbound container traffic from Piraeus dropped by 4.4 percent in July but reported positive performance in the first seven months of the year, up by 2.5 percent.

Shanghai – Piraeus Ports Join Forces to Boost Container Traffic

The Piraeus Port Authority and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) signed a memorandum of cooperation in efforts to increase business opportunities.

Piraeus Includes Hotels, Shopping Malls in €294m Expansion Plans

The Piraeus Port Authority is investing 294 million euros over a five-year period to upgrade its existing infrastructure and boost its competitiveness in the lucrative East Med cruise sector

Cosco Bets on Piraeus Home Porting Potential

A total investment of 330 million euros will go into transforming Piraeus into a Mediterranean home porting hub, Cosco Hong Kong Group said.

Chinese Carriers Seeking to Offer Direct Beijing-Athens Flights

Air China and China Eastern Airlines are expected to introduce direct flights to Athens, according to Piraeus Port Authority Managing Director Fu Cheng Qiu.

Special Event Marks Majestic Princess’ First Voyage Out of Piraeus

Piraeus is among 22 ports to be visited by the Majestic Princess on her 49-day "Silk Road Sea Route” from Rome to Shanghai.

Celestyal Welcomes First Group of Chinese Tourists to Cruise the Aegean

Celestyal Cruises recently welcomed the first group of 250 tourists from the People’s Republic of China on board the "Celestyal Olympia" ship to sail the Aegean.

Alphaliner: Piraeus Moves Up in Global Container Ports Ranking

Piraeus Port is among the world’s 40 leading container handling ports, according to Alphaliner, moving to 38th spot from 43rd based on cargo capacity (teu).

Europe Cruise Sector Sets Sights on Asia

Europe’s cruise sector is actively reaching out to Asian markets in efforts to maintain its strong hold as the world’s second top cruise destination.

Piraeus Port Investments, Upgrades to Focus on Cruise Travel

Boosting investments and upgrading port infrastructure to facilitate incoming cruise tourism topped the agenda of talks between the Piraeus Port Authority and the municipality recently.

Piraeus Port Big Bet for Cosco, Set to Invest €140m in 2017

Hong Kong-based shipping giant Cosco has slated 140 million euros for works to be completed in 2017 in efforts to make the port of Piraeus a major cruise and transhipment hub for travel and trade between Asia and Eastern Europe.

Piraeus Among World’s Top 30 Container Ports by 2018, Cosco Says

Chinese shipping giant Cosco has big plans for Piraeus aiming after its expansion to boost container volume by 35 percent by 2018.

Greece’s 28-Member Cruise Affairs Coordinating Committee Meets for 1st Time

The framework of operation, challenges, developments and priorities of Greece’s cruise industry were the focus of the first meeting of the National Coordinating Committee for Cruise Affairs held on Wednesday, at Piraeus Port Authority headquarters.

Cruising the Mediterranean & Challenges for 2017

Terrorism, capital controls, the economic crisis, the refugee influx, Brexit and the Turkey coup last week have forced cruise companies to change their itineraries for 2017 cutting out many Mediterranean destinations.

Homeporting Picks Up Pace at Piraeus, Cruise Passengers Welcomed with Shows

The Greek port of Piraeus has seen its homeporting cruise traffic rise by 14 percent in the first half of the year thanks in large part to major cruise companies like Celestyal Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and...

Cosco to Dish Out Extra €500m for Piraeus Investment

Chinese shipping giant Cosco will dish out some 500 million euros over and above the paying price for the port of Piraeus, its managing director, Xu Lirong, said this week during talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is in China on an official five-day visit to...

Cosco-OLP Deal Ratified Amid Blame-Game Over Changing Terms

The 300-member Greek parliament ratified by a 223-vote the sale of the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) to Chinese shipping giant Cosco a day after the Hong-Kong based conglomerate said in letter that the terms for the deal submitted to parliament had been altered.

Greek Ports Fail to Attract Cruise Tourism, Miss Out on €1.3bn Yearly

Greek ports have failed to draw in cruise travel despite the lifting of cabotage restrictions and are missing out by 1.3 billion euros in annual revenue, a report by Athens-based non-profit research organisation diaNEOsis revealed recently.

Athens Shipping Meet to Take Up the Challenge

Employment, environment, financing and Piraeus’ growth are the challenges to be explored at the 2nd Naftemporiki Shipping Conference which kicks off on Tuesday, January 26, at the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso resort in Vouliagmeni.

Greek Assets Fund to Open Bids for Piraeus Port Authority

Bids for the majority stake in the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) were set to be opened on Tuesday, the Greek privatization fund TAIPED announced.